Spotlight: Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC
St. Louis’ Premier Family Attorneys
Family law deals with delicate and emotional personal situations, often involving the custody and wellbeing of children. Allison Schreiber Lee is a seasoned trial attorney focusing on family law and domestic relations, who also has personal experience that makes her ideally suited to understand and help her clients.
“My parents had a very contentious divorce, and I remember what it was like being put in the middle,” she says. “I’m also a single mom. Coming from both of those perspectives of trying to co-parent while keeping in mind what it’s like for the children is something that helps me communicate to my clients about what is best for their families in the long run.”
Lee’s professional experience as a former sex crimes and child abuse prosecutor provides her with unique insight in cases of child abuse. In the family court arena, including investigations by the department of family services, she’s worked with clients both to protect their children from abusers and to protect the rights of those wrongfully accused of both physical and sexual abuse. After leaving the prosecutor’s office, she did a great deal of civil litigation and trial work.
“All of that has led me to where I am, which is helping people through difficult times but with the capacity of trial experience,” she says. “I try to be the voice of reality for clients and a touchstone for them as we figure it out together.”
While Lee is willing to go to trial and has tried a lot of cases, she believes it is typically not in her clients’ best interest to do so. A settlement reached by the parties that addresses the concerns of both parties is almost always a better outcome.
Lee represents both men and women in divorces, paternity matters, motions to modify child support, child custody and maintenance, and in seeking and defending against Orders of Protection. She has extensive experience in high-conflict custody and high-asset property division cases, as well as family matters involving mental health issues and addiction, and emotional, verbal and physical abuse.
While she gets to know her clients well, and feels for them, Lee keeps her own emotions in check to focus on helping them in the long term. “I am very straightforward in that I tell people what they need to hear, not what they want to hear,” she says. “People are emotional when they are first going through a divorce and they can’t see what their life will look like in a year or two. It’s part of my job to help them see that and prepare for it.”
Lee advises people to consult with several attorneys until they feel like they have found one they trust and are comfortable with, particularly when children are involved.
“I try to work with people to protect their children. As parents that’s what we want to do, protect our children,” she says. “We need to look at it from the court’s perspective and the client’s perspective and try to advise them appropriately.” The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements.
165 N. Meramec Ave., Suite 110
Pictured at top: Allison Schreiber Lee, family law attorney with Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC